When one evening in December 1948, Jon Heather's mother leaves him at Chapeltown Boys' Home of the Children's Crusade, he is certain she will come back.
But just weeks later, he finds himself on a boat set for Australia. Promised paradise, Jon soon realises the reality of the vast Australian outback is very different.
So begins an odyssey that will last a lifetime, as Jon and his group of unlikely friends battle to make their way back home.
"A heartbreaking story, very powerfully dramatised" (The Times)